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  • Blog Post: Police Department Protects Citizens of Vernon Hills, Illinois with Windows 7

    Repost from the Windows Team Blog Great coverage about the real world Windows 7 and Azure solution developed by Modularis on the Windows Team Blog ! Exciting things are happening here as this excellent solution is evaluated in several countries world wide. This is a great example of leveraging...
  • Blog Post: WPF and DataAnnotations

    NOTE: This was cross posted from here . The System.ComponentModel.DataAnnotations namespace was introduce in the .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 to support ASP.NET Dynamic Data .  Silverlight + WCF RIA Services now uses it as well.  I’ve been asked by a few people when WPF will use it.  Why wait...
  • Blog Post: Tanagram Partners: Making multi-touch easier with touch.codeplex.com

    NOTE: This was cross posted from here . Our Ch.9 Interview with Tanagram Partners on http://touch.codeplex.com was published.  Check it out! http://bit.ly/Ch9TanagramTouch “The APIs in WPF4 plus the Surface Toolkit for Windows Touch make building common touch scenarios easy. However, implementing...
  • Blog Post: NOW AVAILABLE: Surface Toolkit for Windows Touch

    NOTE: This was cross posted from here . Check out the video: http://channel9.msdn.com/posts/LarryLarsen/Surface-Toolkit-for-Windows-Touch/ Download the SDK: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=801907a7-b2dd-4e63-9ff3-8a2e63932a74 For those of you who don’t read...
  • Blog Post: SCREENCAST: Improving perceived WPF app startup performance with MEF and a Splash Screen

    NOTE: This was cross posted from here . I’ve been meaning to record this screencast for a LONG time.  Well, I have a presentation on MEF tomorrow.  I was originally planning on demonstrating this sample, but realized that I won’t have enough time.  However, I needed to be able to point...
  • Blog Post: First NUI Camp Announced

    [Cross-Posted from James Chittenden’s Blog ] I’m happy to FINALLY announce the first NUI (Natural User Interface) Camp on April 24th and will be held in Reston Virginia. This is the first of a series of NUI developer & designer events targeted to getting you real, hands-on experience learning and...
  • Blog Post: Announcing touch.codeplex.com

    UPDATE: You can follow tanagram on twitter @tanagram http://twitter.com/tanagram . NOTE: This was cross posted from here . One of the things I have been trying to do this year is encourage / kick start partners to create useful CodePlex projects. I’ve been digging into Windows 7 multi-touch since...
  • Blog Post: Improving perceived WPF app startup performance with MEF and a Splash Screen

    NOTE: This was cross posted from here . UPDATE (4/5/2010): I uploaded a newer version with a few minor tweaks.  I finally created a screencast for this sample: http://tinyurl.com/WpfMefStartupScreencast UPDATE (2/27/2010): I uploaded a newer version of the sample.  I fixed some bugs and added...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Developer Dinner for Partners: Hands-on Natural User Interfaces: Multi-touch development with Silverlight and WPF 4

    REGISTER TODAY! Click the link above, visit http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032440485&Culture=en-US , OR call 1-877-673-8368 and reference event ID 1032440485 Event Date: February 24, 2010 Registration: 17:30 Event Time: 18:00 – 20:00 Event...
  • Blog Post: Bing Maps 3D, WPF, and Windows 7 MultiTouch

    NOTE: This was cross posted from here . Have you seen the Microsoft Surface Globe application in the Microsoft Touch Pack for Windows 7 ?  There are plenty of videos of the app in action on YouTube: http://tinyurl.com/YouTubeSurfaceGlobe . Would you like to build an app like this yourself? ...
  • Blog Post: EventToCommand + DataStateBehavior eases MVVM pain

    NOTE: This was cross posted from here . MVVM is a pattern.  There are all sorts of MVVM frameworks popping up that help make implementing the pattern easier.  If you select the MVVM tag off of www.codeplex.com , you will find a number of them: http://www.codeplex.com/site/search?TagName=MVVM&ProjectSearchText...
  • Blog Post: Surface Toolkit for Windows Touch

    NOTE: This was cross posted from here . Robert Levy from the Surface team and Anson Tsao from the WPF team gave a great session on: Multi-Touch on Microsoft Surface and Windows 7 for .NET Developers The session is definitely worth watching if you are interested in building multi-touch apps on Windows...
  • Blog Post: Hidden gems in the gaming starter kit

    NOTE: This was cross posted from here . Yesterday I blogged about the SketchFlow starter kit and how great I thought it was.  Well, last night, I went ahead and tried the Venture into Gaming with Behaviors in Expression Blend 3 starter kit from: http://adamkinney.com/Blog/4-Expression-Studio-3-Starter...
  • Blog Post: Prism Visual Studio Templates (including MVVM)

    NOTE: This was cross posted from here . Prism is: “The Composite Client Application Guidance is designed to help you more easily build modular Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) and Silverlight client applications.” What most people find, once they take the time to dig in to Prism, is that it is MUCH...
  • Blog Post: WPF Chart Controls!!!

    NOTE: This was cross posted from here . YES!  WPF officially has charting controls now:).  There’s a new release of the WPF Toolkit: WPF Toolkit - June 2009 Release Bug fixes PLUS CHART CONTROLS!
  • Blog Post: Integrating Virtual Earth 3D into WPF and Surface Applications for Mere Mortals

    NOTE: This was cross posted from here . I just published a Channel 9 interview with Josh Wall and Josh Blake from InfoStrat about their Windows Presentation Foundation ( WPF ) and Surface controls that make integrating Virtual Earth 3D a breeze.  Check it out: http://tinyurl.com/Ch9InfoStratVE ...
  • Blog Post: MVVM Toolkit for WPF

    NOTE: This was cross posted from here . The Model View ViewModel pattern has become very popular for building WPF applications.  Until now, there wasn’t much guidance/tooling from Microsoft to help you get started with MVVM.  The WPF team just released an early preview of the MVVM Toolkit:...
  • Blog Post: InfoStrat.VE – Intermediate fix published for the latest 3D control

    NOTE: This was cross posted from here Due to popular demand, InfoStrat just published an intermediate fix to get their InfoStrat.VE control working on top of the latest Virtual Earth 3D release .  You will notice that they just made a changeset available.  What they made available is not fully...
  • Blog Post: InfoStrat releases a Virtual Earth control for both WPF and Surface to CodePlex

    I’ve been waiting for this day to happen for a LONG TIME .  I’ve been working with WPF, Virtual Earth, and Surface for quite a while now.  If you’ve followed my blog, you’ve seen some hacked up samples showing various ways of getting Virtual Earth integrated into a WPF application.  I...
  • Blog Post: PARTNER SHOWCASE: Northrop Grumman - Innovating for the War Fighter with Microsoft Surface

    I’ve been a Developer Evangelist for 3+ years now.  For the first 3 years, I spent the majority of my time focusing on delivering public presentations at conferences, for webcasts/screencasts, onsite at customer facilities, and at local community events in DC area.  This year, the focus of...
  • Blog Post: XamlFest DC (March 4 and 5)

    Here’s a chance at some free WPF and Silverlight training.  XamlFest is an event touring around the US enabling developers to ramp up their WPF/Silverlight skills quickly.  Here is the description of the event: “Are you excited about the WPF but concerned about the learning curve?  Have...
  • Blog Post: Looking for a list of Silverlight & WPF controls?

    How about a WPF app that is a live demo of all of them?  Mike Taulty recently published a ClickOnce app that might tickle your fancy… http://mtaulty.com/CommunityServer/blogs/mike_taultys_blog/archive/2009/02/03/silverlight-wpf-control-browser.aspx I just installed it.  PRETTY COOL! - Marc
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Surface GIS Apps by Infostrat

    I’ve been working with a number of partners lately on building Microsoft Surface apps.  Infostrat is one of them.  They have done some of the best Virtual Earth integration work I have seen so far.  Have a look at this video that highlights their work: Want to learn what Surface development...
  • Blog Post: DESIGNER DINNER: Expression Blend 2 deep dive

    Sorry for the late notice, but my teammate James is hosting a Designer Dinner on Expression Blend 2 this Wednesday.  James is the new User Experience Evangelist (UXE) on our team.  The Designer Dinners are much like the Developer Dinners my team has done for the last few years, except the content...
  • Blog Post: Target Silverlight and WPF using a common codebase

    How do I build an application that targets both WPF and Silverlight? This question comes up quite a bit as I talk to people about both WPF and Silverlight.  Whenever I am asked this question, I always respond by letting people know that v2 of the patterns & practices Composite Application Guidance...
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